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Author: Jeff Schnader Narrator: Traber Burns Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798200897629

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J-Bee, son of a military officer, is raised in a violent milieu during the 1960s. After his little brother is persecuted by bullies, J-Bee commits a retaliatory act of brutality, the nature of which scars him. When his best friend, Gilly, volunteers to fight in Vietnam, J-Bee—repulsed by his own violence—refuses to follow either his father or Gilly into the military. Instead, he matriculates at Columbia in 1971, an era of counterculture, drugs, sex, and rock ’n roll, in order to seek his redemption. While there, he is introduced to the mysterious Serpent who recites in the campus café, and to the politically active Margo who schools him in antiwar politics and the virtues of peace. Although he feels loyalty to his best friend fighting overseas, J-Bee increasingly sympathizes with Margo’s rationale against the war.

Torn between supporting the war or protesting against it, J-Bee’s paradoxical feelings are ignited when his friend Gilly, on furlough from Vietnam, visits him at Columbia. With ratcheting tensions and bullhorns leading students in protest, pro-war and anti-war factions collide in campus riots, and J-Bee makes the choice that defines his life.

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  • I thought about this book for a month. The Serpent Papers finds the human soul. It is Schnader’s gift.”

    - Sandra Fluck, founder & publisher, bookscover2cover and The Write Launch
  • “A great read! Interesting and captivating! A vivid story of coming of age in the Vietnam era—politics and protests, a cynical drug culture, military misadventure, and making love, not war. If you were really there and do not remember…you will now.”

    - Thomas Ferguson, Former US Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (under Presidents Bush and Obama)

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About the Author

Jeff Schnader was at Columbia University in 1972 where he participated in sit-ins, marches, and protests against the Vietnam War. He graduated with a BA in physics. He recently retired as full Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins after authoring over fifty scientific publications. Schnader worked full-time in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for twenty-two years, serving American war veterans, including those of the Vietnam War. His first novel, The Serpent Papers, was a shortlisted finalist in the 2021 Blue Moon Novel Competition.

About the Narrator

Traber Burns worked for thirty-five years in regional theater, including the New York, Oregon, and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He also spent five years in Los Angeles appearing in many television productions and commercials, including Lost, Close to Home, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and others.